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Mercer vs East Tennessee State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Bears vs Buccaneers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Mercer Bears at East Tennessee State Buccaneers
  • Where: Johnson City at Freedom Hall Civic Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Mercer +3, MERC +131 | ETNST -159 O/U 135.5

Bears Preview:

The Mercer Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 7-11. On the road, the Bears will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 2-7. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Jalyn McCreary comes into today’s game as the Bears’ leading scorer at 14.61 points per contest. Not only has McCreary been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Mercer’s top rebounder at 5.56 boards per contest. Behind McCreary, the team has benefited from the strong play of Kamar Robertson, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.8% of his shots and is adding 2.81 boards per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mercer this season, as they are currently ranked 225th in college basketball at 70.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bears’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.1%, placing them 173rd in the NCAA.

Buccaneers Preview:

East Tennessee State heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-11. Currently, the Buccaneers have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 4-7. The Buccaneers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, East Tennessee State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 3-6.

East Tennessee State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan King who is averaging 14.11 points per game for the Buccaneers. King is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buccaneers’ offensive game plan is the play of Jalen Haynes who has hit 57.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.44 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 169th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 177th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -3

Heading into this matchup, with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers sitting as -3 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as East Tennessee State and Mercer are averaging 8.78 and 8.12 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that East Tennessee State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Buccaneers to cover at -3.

 


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